Reverberating Narrative

The Drifter

by Michael Lee Johnson


The drifter in the room is a stranger,

he is crazy, is Bigfoot with deer moccasins on−

monster of condominium rooms and dreams.

The drifter in this room used to be my friend.

He spoke straight sentences, they did not sound like poetry-

reverberated like a narrative, special lines good, a few bad,

or stories being unwound by the tongue of a gentleman,

lip service, juggler of simple words to children.

The night is a dark believer in drifters,

they sound sober, affairs with the wind,

the 3 A.M. honking of the Metro trains.

Everything sleeps with a love, a nightmare at night.

The drifter.


Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era:  now known as the Illinois poet, from Itasca, IL.  Today he is a poet, freelance writer, photographer who experiments with poetography (blending poetry with photography), and small business owner in Itasca, Illinois, who has been published in more than 875 small press magazines in 27 countries; he edits 10 poetry sites.  Michael is the author of The Lost American:  “From Exile to Freedom”, and several chapbooks of poetry, including “From Which Place the Morning Rises”, “Challenge of Night and Day”, and “Chicago Poems”.  He also has over 76 poetry videos on YouTube.


Facebook Group:  Contemporary Poets


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Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and books can be found. He is a Best of the Net and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Scott's poetry books include: Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015), Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2016), Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016), and Poison in Paradise (Alien Buddha Press, 2017). Scott is a member of The Southern Collective Experience; he also serves as an editor for Walking Is Still Honest Press, The Blue Mountain Review, The Peregrine Muse, and Novelmasters.

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